Tuesday, November 1, 2016

New Belgium Blue Paddle Pilsener

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20ChadPolenz (1703) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - NOV 1, 2016

2015 BJCP Category: 3B Czech Premium Pale Lager

AROMA: Light sweet grainy malt; slight bread character. Light floral/spicy hops. Clean fermentation. 8/12

APPEARANCE: Crystal clear golden hue; plenty of CO2 bubbles. Large, white frothy head retains and laces well. 3/3

FLAVOR: Standard lager base palette with light blonde malt character throughout. No maize or adjunct flavor. Mild spicy hop sensation on the finish. Clean fermentation. Decent flavor, but not as robust or complex as should be for the style. 13/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium-light body; medium carbonation. Crisp and refreshing with a moderate starchy aftertaste, otherwise clean and quaffable. 3/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Probably better considered as an International lager as the ingredients are not true to the style. Still, quite enjoyable and easy to drink. 7/10


NOTE: I am a rank-pending BJCP judge. I am reviewing commercial beer to BJCP specs to hone my judging skills.

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